Is your house heated by fossil fuel?
You may be eligible for 0% interest financing to replace your fossil fuel air space heating system with an electric heat pump. Our program enables Central Saanich homeowners to fund up to $12,000 of the cost of getting off fossil fuel heating through an interest-free loan repaid on property tax bills over 10 years.
Home energy retrofit rebates
Search (and combine!) rebates. Try the Rebate Search Tools below to check out the variety of available rebates, including:
Fossil fuel home heating: switch from a fossil fuel heat source (i.e., oil, propane, or natural gas) to an electric heat pump to receive some significant rebates (up to $12,400!)
Wood home heating: rebates are available ($1,000-$2,000) to switch from wood as your primary fuel for heating to electric heat pumps
Building envelope (insulation, windows and doors)
Bonus offers for those who complete multiple upgrades
Canada Greener Homes (federal) - Please note: this program has closed the intake of new applicants at this time.
Free Home Energy Navigator Program - CRD
Free support service is available to help homeowners through their home (energy) retrofit journey. An Energy Concierge will be available to support you through your retrofit project to answer questions, give local and expert advice and help you navigate the complex world of home energy retrofits. For more information visit Home Energy Navigator, email email@example.com or call 1-866-381-9995.
Assessing your home
You may want to first contact an Energy Concierge, to help you virtually assess your home (for free), or you may be interested in hiring a professional energy advisor to undertake a detailed energy assessment (EnerGuide Assessment) for your home. The energy assessment will rate the efficiency of your home and provide recommendations for retrofits based on their effectiveness for improving your home energy efficiency, reducing your home greenhouse gas footprint and enhancing your home comfort. Use the Energy Advisor Search Tool to locate a local energy advisor or service organization that provides services in your community.
What can you do at home?
Draft-proof your home. Drafts can waste 5%-30% of a home’s energy. Try testing doors, windows and chimneys with incense. Where the smoke wavers, a draft is blowing in. To seal leaks, make or buy a “door snake” and caulk and weatherstrip doors and windows. You can also add small insulating covers underneath the wall plates of the electric outlets on outside walls, or adjacent to cold basements and crawl spaces.
Insulate your windows. Hang heavy curtains to keep the cold out and the cozy in, or keep the cool in and the warm out. An even cheaper solution is to apply insulation film, available at most hardware stores.
Reverse your ceiling fans. When fans turn clockwise, they push down the warm air that pools near the ceiling and circulates it through the room. Magic!
Replace furnace filters. Dirty filters restrict airflow, decrease air quality, and increase a furnace's energy demand. Replace your furnace filters at least every three months during the heating season or ask your landlord to. Better indoor air quality is a nice side benefit of this energy-saving tip. Also, consider switching to a washable filter, which will reduce waste and is more effective.
Heat or cool the people not the space. Keeping people warm (or cool) is much more efficient than heating a whole space. In the summer, give your oven a break and check out 5 other ways to keep cool. In the winter, put on a sweater and slippers. Use an electric heat blanket or hot water bottle. Drink hot drinks. Get cozy.
Mind your thermostat or ease off your air conditioning. For every degree you turn down the thermostat in the winter, you can save between 1.5-5% of your heating or cooling bill. Mind the thermostat when you’re not home or are sleeping. A programmable thermostat will help you get efficient and consistent.
Consider getting a heat pump. It will help regulate your home temperature year round and now is the time to check out BetterHomesBC.ca for a list of rebates available, provincially and even regionally (CRD). Did you know, Central Saanich has a rebate for residents switching from a fossil fuel heat source (oil, propane, or natural gas) to an electric heat pump; for a total of up to $3,700 in rebates.